Most Americans Confused About Medicare Home Health Care Coverage
Only 33% of older Americans have set aside money to pay for their own long-term care, including home health care. Similarly, most Americans believe the federal government should help pay for their old age, according to a recent survey. Over half of Americans 40 and older believe the federal government should devote “a lot” [Nelson, 5/25] Read Full Article from Home Health Care News.
NPR: Life Expectancy Varies By 20 Years, Depending On County
Health experts have long known that Americans living in different parts of the country tend to have different life spans. But Murray’s team decided to take a closer look, analyzing records from every U.S. county between 1980 and 2014. “What we found is that the gap is enormous,” Murray says. In 2014, there was a spread of 20.1 years between the counties with the longest and shortest typical life spans based on life expectancy at birth. (Stein, 5/8)
Aiming for Fewer Hospital U-turns: The Medicare Hospital Readmission Reduction Program
For Medicare patients, hospitalizations can be stressful; even more so when they result in subsequent readmissions. While many readmissions are unavoidable, researchers have found wide variation in hospitals’ readmission rates. (KFF.org Issue Brief, Boccuti and Casillas, 3/10/17)
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